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SPRING VALLEY, NY – Update: Illegal Shacks on Dutch Lane Removed

In early June, a Facebook post by Lauren Marie Wohl showed an illegal shack in the woods directly behind an apartment building on Dutch Lane in Spring Valley.

Wohl explained the frustration of the residents of the apartment building with the illegal shack and lack of enforcement from the Village. On June 21st we contacted Mayor Simon’s office. Mayor Simon called us back and informed the shacks would be removed.

On Friday, we personally went to location and confirmed that the shacks were removed. The Village is also beautifying the area by removing dead trees and making it for easier for police to monitor the area.


Town of Clarkstown Holds Blood Drive at Town Hall



Town of Clarkstown

NEW CITY, NY – Town of Clarkstown holds a blood drive on Monday, July 19 at Clarkstown Town Hall.

Walk-ins were welcomed and over 40 people would donate at the event. Pictured below donating is Scott Waters. The shirt Scott is wearing was created by retired Suffern Police Department Chief Clarke Osborn that raised over $11,000 for improvements to the Village of Suffern’s 9/11 memorial.

An emergency appeal for blood donors has been declared due to extremely low inventory across the nation.

Clarkstown Town Hall is located at 10 Maple Avenue in New City.

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Assemblyman Lawler and Schmitt Send Letter to Thruway Authority Supporting Chick-Fil-A at Thruway Travel Plazas



PEARL RIVER, NY – Rockland County Assemblyman Mike Lawler and Colin J. Schmitt and other Members of the Assembly sent a letter to the New York State Thruway Authority supporting the newly announced renovation of all travel plazas/rest areas including the addition of Chick-fil-A restaurants.


Full text of letter:

July 13, 2021

Matthew J. Driscoll, Executive Director
NYS Thruway Authority
via email

Dear Executive Director Driscoll:

Recently it was announced that the first phase of a statewide privately funded $300 million dollar Thruway travel plaza/rest area renovation project will begin. The news was widely applauded and welcomed, especially with the disclosure that numerous new restaurant and dining options will be included for Thruway travelers and area residents.

We are contacting you to express our support for the decision to include Chick-fil-A as an additional dining option.

Chick-fil-A has been ranked as America’s top fast-food restaurant for the seventh year in a row by The American Customer Satisfaction Index. Also, a Harris poll has found that for the sixth year in a row Americans have ranked Chick-fil-A the top chicken restaurant in the country.

Its food is extremely popular, generating business and attention within wide ranges of its locations, and Chick-fil-A is known for great customer service.

The company is also well regarded for its treatment of employees, considering them like family, and guaranteeing every Sunday off for each employee and operator.

While some of our colleagues in the State Legislature have attempted to recast your decision in an ideological context to advance their own political agendas, rest assured that the decision to add Chick-fil-A has broad public support and has generated excitement among both our constituents and Thruway travelers.

If you have any questions or we can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to call 845-469-6929.


Colin J. Schmitt
Member of Assembly, 99th District

Joseph Angelino
Member of Assembly, 122nd District

Joe DeStefano
Member of the Assembly, 3rd District

Jodi Giglio
Member of the Assembly, 2nd District

John Lemondes
Member of Assembly, 126th District

David McDonough
Member of Assembly, 14th District

Edward P. Ra
Member of Assembly, 19th District

Matthew Simpson
Member of Assembly, 114th District

Christopher S. Friend
Member of Assembly, 124th District

Mike Lawler
Member of Assembly, 97th District

Brian D. Manktelow
Member of Assembly, 130th District

Michael Montesano
Member of Assembly, 15th District

Michael Reilly
Member of Assembly, 62nd District

Chris Tague
Member of Assembly, 102nd District

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